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Fill the Boot brings in thousands of dollars for muscular dystrophy fight

Although the local Fill the Boot fund-raiser didn’t bring in as many donations as last year, the campaign benefiting children and adults living with Muscular Dystrophy was still a success.

The annual campaign brought in about $20,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), according to John Tollefson, International Association of Firefighters Local 2819 spokesman and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighter.

Last year’s donations totaled more than $30,000, but IAFF Local 2819 members also had one more day last year to collect funds.

“It didn’t go as well, but we had one extra day in Poulsbo last year,” Tollefson said. “Kitsap County residents are always really good about supporting us, it was good again this year.”

The Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County collected donations from drivers not only on Aug. 26 and 27 in Silverdale at the intersection of Silverdale Way and Ridgetop Boulevard, but also the week before in Poulsbo on Aug. 19 and 20 at the intersection of Viking Way and Finn Hill Road.

“It was a great response for us from the community and the weather held out which was great,” Tollefson said.

The money will go to MDA to fund research programs; comprehensive medical services including local clinics, support groups and summer camp for kids; and supplies such as wheelchairs. Those who receive services from MDA are not charged and the organization receives no government funding.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, local IAFF members will be presenting the donation check at the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon which will be televised on KCPQ.

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